Perhaps the shortest path to a relatively satisfactory answer would be to follow the money. The fact is that not everyone is losing in Iraq - the Bush administration's wars of choice have brought fortunes and prosperity to war profiteers. At the heart of the reluctance to withdraw from Iraq lies the profiteers' unwillingness to give up further fortunes and spoils of war.
Pentagon contractors constitute the overwhelming majority of these profiteers. They include not only the giant manufacturing contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing, but also a complex maze of over 100,000 service contractors and sub-contractors, such as private army or security corporations and "reconstruction" firms . These contractors of both deconstruction and "reconstruction," whose profits come mainly from the US Treasury, have handsomely profited from the Bush administration's wars of choice.
That last line shows CTP OTS clearly: "contractors of both deconstruction and "reconstruction," " .
The article focuses on the Pentagon Contractors " both as a major driving force to the war on Iraq and a major obstacle in the way of withdrawing from that country" [CTP OTS]
Large Pentagon contractors have been the main beneficiaries of this windfall. For example, a 2004 study by The Center for Public Integrity revealed that, for the 1998–2003 period, one percent of the biggest contractors won 80 percent of all defense contracting dollars. The top ten got 38 percent of all the money. Lockheed Martin topped the list at $94 billion, Boeing was second with $81 billion, Raytheon was third (just under $40 billion), followed by Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics with nearly $34 billion each .
Fantastic returns to these armaments conglomerates have been reflected in the continuing jump in the value of their shares or stocks on Wall Street.
And I would ask you if you have heard any of this good news for major corporations on the business reports that take up 15 minutes of the news hour - NO!! They talk of successes in other corporations, but these one TRIPLED in the share value, and are not mentioned.
When Bush tell the Americans that the economy is doing well, he is referring to this growth without mentioning it - those are the ONLY economic factors in the USA that are up, everything that relates to the common person is down down down.Except unemployment, which is up again today.
So it - the War in Iraq - is one huge farce, basic greed, basic imorality where people are being slaughtered by the 1000s, by the 100,000s, all for the greenbacks being tossed at 'friends of the Bush Family Fortune'.
This led many critics to point out, scornfully, that when around the same time Vice President Dick Cheney told Rush Limbaugh that "if you look at the overall situation [in Iraq] they're doing remarkably well," he must have been talking about Halliburton .
The Article continues with more CTP OTS:
The fact that powerful beneficiaries of war dividends flourish in an atmosphere of war and international convulsion should not come as a surprise to anyone. What is surprising is that, in the context of the recent US wars of choice, these beneficiaries have also acquired the power of promoting wars, often by manufacturing "external threats to our national interest." In other words, profit-driven beneficiaries of war have also evolved as war makers, or contributors to war making.
There are strong indications that these dubious relationships represent more than simple cases of sporadic or unrelated instances of some unscruplulous or rogue elements. Evidence shows that contracts for the "reconstruction" of Iraq were drawn long before the invasion and deconstruction of that country had started.
On August 5, 2004, the White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. Its mandate is to draw up elaborate 'post-conflict' plans for up to twenty-five countries that are not, as of yet, in conflict.
So, what to do?
It is time to make a moral case for restoring Iraqi oil and other assets to the Iraqis. It is also time to make a moral case against the war profiteers' plundering of our treasury, or tax dollars. To paraphrase the late General Smedley D. Butler, most wars could easily be ended -- they might not even be started -- if profits are taken out of them .